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Roof Maintenance Tips to Make Your Life Simpler
Getting a new roof costs thousands of dollars. For this reason, it’s important to do what you can to make it last as long as possible. You can possibly do some of these things yourself. If you can’t, hiring someone to handle them may cost you a little bit of money, but it’s nothing compared to what you’ll pay in the long run if you don’t keep it in good shape. With that in mind, here are some roof maintenance tips to make your life simpler:
Keep the Gutters Clean
Gutters can save the life of your roof, but they can also ruin it, especially if you allow them to clog up. When leaves and debris back up in the gutters, the gutters start retaining water. That water can eventually get into the sheathing and rot it. Over time, it may rot the rafters, and you might not even realize it’s happening.
Clean your gutters out at least twice a year. It’s best to do it towards the end of fall when most of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Do it again in mid-spring. This gives you an opportunity to check for problems during the height of the rainy season.
A few leaves piling up on the roof may not seem like a big deal if you have lots of tall trees nearby, but they may do more harm than good if you aren’t careful. Even just a handful of leaves can trap rain water and hold the moisture in for a long time. Eventually, the leaves break down into compost, and you may have weeds growing on your roof. Both the moisture and the weeds can do some damage. You should also remove any moss that grows on the roof. It might seem harmless, but like leaves, it can trap moisture. Of course, you’ll want to remove any branches or limbs that fall on the roof to ensure they don’t cause any damage.
Keep Nearby Branches Trimmed
Speaking of branches, if you have trees near your house, especially near your roof, it’s important to trim them. Keeping them trimmed can prevent debris, such as leaves and moss, from piling up on your roof. Furthermore, the limbs themselves can do some major damage, especially during storms and windy weather. Branches can also serve as little roadways for rodents. Not only can they get into your home and take up residence, but rats and mice can chew on the outside of the house, including the roof. The closest a limb or branch should be to your house is about 10 feet.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
Anytime there’s a major weather event, even a steady rain, it’s a good idea to step outside and take a look at your roof. After a significant amount of rain, check for leaks in the attic. If you catch it in time, you can hire someone to repair it without having to replace the entire roof. Outside, look for missing flashing and check for clogged gutters. Hail can do major damage, so check the attic and the outside of the roof after a hailstorm. Heavy winds, tornadoes and hurricanes can also cause major damage. If you live in an area that sees ice and snowstorms, you’ll need to pay close attention to your roof during the winter.
Perform a Biannual Inspection
While it may not seem important, a biannual inspection of your roof can go a long way in preventing you from having to get a new one in the near future. As is the case with cleaning your gutters, you’ll need to do this in mid-spring and late fall. All you have to do is step outside and survey the roof from all sides of the house. Look for missing or lifted shingles, missing or broken flashing and missing or exposed fasteners. This is also a good time to check the gutters for sagging, broken or clogged parts. During your biannual survey, you’ll also want to look for any piles of debris, no matter how small.
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